The Union Ministry of Defence on Friday, 8 May signed a deal with Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (SED) worth Rs 1,200 crore to modernise infrastructure af 37 airfields for the ‘Indian Air Force’ (IAF), Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG). This proposal was approved by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Modernisation of 37 airfield infrastructure is happening under ‘Phase II’ of the programme. Under ‘Phase I’, 30 airfields were upgraded. As the Defence Ministry said – “The airfields modernised under Phase I have been of immense benefit to both military and civil users”.
The project that includes installation and commissioning of modern airfield equipments such as Cat-II Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Cat II Air Field Lightning System (AFLS) etc. The modern equipment around the airfield will be directly connected to Air Traffic Control (ATC), by providing excellent control of the airfield systems to air traffic controllers.
The up-gradation of navigational aids and infrastructure on this project would enhance the operational capability by facilitating air operations of military and civil aircraft in poor visibility and adverse weather conditions while enhancing aerospace safety. Tata Power The contract will provide impetus to the Indian industry in this inducing situation. The project will give a boost to around 250 micro, small and medium enterprises which will be directly benefited from being involved in execution of various activities of this particular project.
This contract would aid in infusing much needed capital into the market and boost the employment generation in fields such as communications, avionics, IT apart from civil and electrical construction.